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  • Employment Law and Rights and Human Trafficking Awareness

    Created: 04/10/2023, Updated: 19/10/2023
    News/Events Category: Training and Learning

    When: 09:30-16.30, Monday 27 November 2023
    Where: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
    This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action
    This particular event is free to attend, so no payment is required.

    It is too late to book a place for this particular session, sorry about that.

    This course runs over two dates, and participants must be able to attend both.

    Booking at this link guarantees a place on both days. 


    • Monday 27 November 2023 - 9:30 - 4:30pm

    • Tuesday 28 November 2023 - 9:30 - 4:30pm

    All employees have basic rights in the workplace. It is important for us to understand these rights and to know what we and the people we support are entitled to.

    The aim of this two-day course is to build the capacity of the employability sector in Fife to have a better understanding of employment rights for their clients, explore common issues that arise when people start a new job, and know where to go to get help if things cannot be easily resolved. 

    Participants at this training session will also gain the tools necessary to deliver a basic, interactive employment rights workshop with people who use their services or with employability colleagues. Participants will be taught how to deliver a short, 1.5 hour interactive workshop using case studies to help people explore a range of common employment law issues alongside key factors to be aware of in relation to human trafficking within the employment context.

    This course includes training safeguarding for those identified as being at risk of human trafficking, an issue that is often poorly understood, is included as an increasingly important aspect of safe employment for new Scots in Fife. We know that the buying and selling of men, women, and children is happening in every Local Authority. Hidden in plain sight, the majority of victims go unnoticed despite accessing services such as food banks, homeless hostels, drop in centres or other statutory services. Human trafficking subjects people to some of the most degrading, violent, and fearful circumstances with profound and enduring effects. We all have a role to play in ending trafficking and exploitation in our communities. 

    Employment Law Training will be delivered by Kathleen Bolt, Mediation Services Ltd. Kathleen is a solicitor and mediator, specialising in employment and equality law and workplace mediations. The training will help participants: 

    • Understand the relevance of employment rights to employability policy, services, and clients
    • Gain an understanding of basic employment and equality rights in the workplace and how these can support their clients
    • Discuss common issues that arise in recruitment, the first few months in a new job or when life challenges arise
    • Understand how to assist clients to consider the disclosure of personal information
    • Understand core relevant workplace policies and procedures
    • Understand how to signpost clients for help in the above areas

    Human Trafficking Awareness training will be delivered by Joy Gillespie, Director of Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland (SOHTIS). Through SOHTIS, Joy works extensively with local groups and local authorities to support and identify victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. The training will help participants understand: 

    • What human trafficking is, its scale and how it fits with legislation
    • Particular areas of risk
    • How to spot the signs within your specific area of expertise and beyond
    • The National Referral Mechanism (NRM), entitlements and specialist support services available to victims
    • The barriers and challenges victims/survivors face
    • How to report while respecting respect professional boundaries
    • How to access support for themselves and their team

    Following attendance, participants will receive:

    • Certification of attendance
    • A leaflet outlining a basic checklist of what people can expect when they start in work and where to go for support if things go wrong
    • Materials for raising awareness and guiding practice in supporting those at risk of human trafficking


    Please note: Parking is not permitted in the grounds of New Volunteer House except for those requesting disabled parking spaces. If you require a disabled parking space please contact Sandy Mackenzie via e-mail [email protected] by no later than Friday 24 November 2023.

    Phone: 01592 760720
    E-mail: [email protected]

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